City of Providence

Resolution
24855
Read and Passed
Sep 5, 2019 7:00 PM

Community Choice Electricity Aggregation

Information

Department:Office of the City CouncilSponsors:Council President Sabina Matos, Councilman Michael J. Correia, Councilwoman Helen D. Anthony, Councilman Ward 10 Luis A. Aponte, Councilman John J. Igliozzi, Councilor Katherine A. Kerwin, Councilor Rachel M. Miller, Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci, Councilman James E. Taylor, Councilman Ward 1 Seth Yurdin, Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris, Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan, Councilwoman Carmen Castillo, Councilwoman Nirva R. LaFortune
Category:*Resolution

Attachments

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  2. 2019-395

Item Discussion

Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and the Office of Sustainability to enter into contracts, develop and implement an aggregation plan and engage a consultant to develop and administer CCA Programs relative to Community Choice Electricity Aggregation of Retail Electric Loads.

Document Comments

WHEREAS, The City of Providence adopted a Sustainable Providence Plan in 2014; and

 

WHEREAS, The City of Providence is currently developing a Climate Justice Plan and Mayor Jorge Elorza, along with the City Council, has committed Providence to becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2050; and

 

WHEREAS, The State of Rhode Island has authorized municipalities, pursuant to Chapter 3, Section 1.2 of Title 39 of the General Laws of Rhode Island (the “Act”), to aggregate the retail electric load in their communities through the development and operation of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs; and

 

WHEREAS, CCA programs provide the opportunity to bring the benefits of competitive choice of electric supplier, longer-term price stability and more renewable energy options to the residents and businesses of the City of Providence and other municipalities in Rhode Island.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the City Council authorizes the Director of the Office of Sustainability to research, develop and implement a plan to aggregate the retail electric loads within the City through a CCA program in accordance with the Act.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City Council authorizes the Mayor to enter into contracts, consistent with state and local laws related to purchasing, implement such aggregation plan and CCA program independently, or in joint action with other municipalities in the state, and to execute all documents necessary to accomplish the same.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The City Council authorizes the Mayor and the Office of Sustainability to develop and implement an aggregation plan under which all eligible customers will be automatically enrolled in the program unless such customers opt-out of the program consistent with the requirements of the Act.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City Council authorizes the Mayor to engage a consultant with experience in developing and administering CCA programs to assist the City in the creation and operation of an aggregation plan and CCA program provided that the City shall not be required to draw upon the General Fund to compensate such consultant.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Mayor and appropriate City departments shall provide regular updates to the full City Council regarding the development and implementation of the aggregation plan and CCA program.

 

Body

WHEREAS, The City of Providence adopted a Sustainable Providence Plan in 2014; and

WHEREAS, The City of Providence is currently developing a Climate Justice Plan and Mayor Jorge Elorza, along with the City Council, has committed Providence to becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2050; and

WHEREAS, The State of Rhode Island has authorized municipalities, pursuant to Chapter 3, Section 1.2 of Title 39 of the General Laws of Rhode Island (the “Act”), to aggregate the retail electric load in their communities through the development and operation of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs; and

WHEREAS, CCA programs provide the opportunity to bring the benefits of competitive choice of electric supplier, longer-term price stability and more renewable energy options to the residents and businesses of the City of Providence and other municipalities in Rhode Island.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the City Council authorizes the Director of the Office of Sustainability to research, develop and implement a plan to aggregate the retail electric loads within the City through a CCA program in accordance with the Act.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City Council authorizes the Mayor to enter into contracts, consistent with state and local laws related to purchasing, implement such aggregation plan and CCA program independently, or in joint action with other municipalities in the state, and to execute all documents necessary to accomplish the same.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The City Council authorizes the Mayor and the Office of Sustainability to develop and implement an aggregation plan under which all eligible customers will be automatically enrolled in the program unless such customers opt-out of the program consistent with the requirements of the Act.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City Council authorizes the Mayor to engage a consultant with experience in developing and administering CCA programs to assist the City in the creation and operation of an aggregation plan and CCA program provided that the City shall not be required to draw upon the General Fund to compensate such consultant.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Mayor and appropriate City departments shall provide regular updates to the full City Council regarding the development and implementation of the aggregation plan and CCA program.

 

 

Meeting History

Jun 6, 2019 7:00 PM Audio/Video City Council Regular Council Meeting
draft Draft

COUNCILWOMAN RYAN Moves to Dispense with the Reading of the foregoing matter, Seconded by COUNCILWOMAN HARRIS.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT MATOS Refers the Resolution to the Committee on Ordinances.

RESULT:REFERRED
Jul 29, 2019 5:00 PM Audio/Video Ordinance Committee Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Mary Kay Harris, Councilwoman Ward 11
SECONDER:Rachel M. Miller, Councilwoman
AYES:Jo-Ann Ryan, Mary Kay Harris, Rachel M. Miller
ABSENT:Carmen Castillo, Nicholas J. Narducci
Sep 5, 2019 7:00 PM Audio/Video City Council Regular Council Meeting
draft Draft

PERSONAL EXPRESSION

COUNCILWOMAN KERWIN Requests the privilege of the floor to speak on a Point of Personal Expression and states:

"I would just like you to know yesterday a group of students, parents and caregivers filed a motion to intervene on the Rhode Island Department of Education school take over process. I wanted to ask that all of us consider this motion that they made very carefully and consider these stakeholders are represented with right to petition RIDE in this process. Some of these organizations have been doing this work organizing throughout the city for years and this has been really hard work. They have been confronting racism and a school staff that doesn't reflect our student body in many cases. They've been grappling with inequities without the resources to find solutions like professional development and increase social and emotional support in our schools and they have been working on really valuable campaigns from counselors, not cops, to ethnic studies requirements to ending high stakes testing and to advocating for things like a student bill of rights and the right to have a civics education. So, really valuable work. Organizations that have kept our schools afloat and have been a really integral part of our schools and I think we need to listen to them. They are asking for the bare minimum. They’re just asking for metrics for success, a seat at the table as this turnaround plan is drafted, and they’re asking for school staff and teachers that reflect the student body in a role to play in the hiring process of our next Superintendent. So, I encourage you all to stand with me to support them. I think that their asks are valid. I think their voices need to be heard and I hope you will consider the motion that they made with RIDE yesterday. Thank you.”

COUNCILWOMAN MILLER Requests the privilege of the floor to speak on a Point of Personal Expression and states:

"I want to thank my colleague Councilwoman Kerwin for bringing this to our attention and also just to really invite all of my colleagues to come to the show cause hearing on September 13th at 10:00 o’clock A.M. right down the street where we will have a real opportunity to hear some of the students and parents speak for themselves. I really want to urge my colleagues that in this process that is happening right now, there is no more important role than we can play on the City Council than amplifying and supporting the voice of students, of parents, of people who have been banging on this door for thirty years and have not gotten a chance to be heard. So, I really just want to thank my colleague and urge all of us to be there on the 13th and to find ways to amplify these voices. Thank you.”

RESULT:READ AND PASSED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Jo-Ann Ryan, Councilwoman
SECONDER:Mary Kay Harris, Councilwoman
AYES:Sabina Matos, Helen D. Anthony, Carmen Castillo, Michael J. Correia, Mary Kay Harris, John J. Igliozzi, Katherine A. Kerwin, Nirva R. LaFortune, Rachel M. Miller, Jo-Ann Ryan, David A. Salvatore, James E. Taylor, Seth Yurdin
ABSENT:Nicholas J. Narducci